I personally think this makes sense because you will not use your contacts when the SIM becomes defective.
Pretty much a prejudice IMHO. For developers who want to make a living from their work, ads are one way of monetizing. Apps that contain ads are clearly marked as such in the Play Store. And Google Play has at least some level of QA and security (I really appreciate the regular on-device Play Protect scans).
I think it’s Fairphone specific in the sense that all other phones I used had a stock app to manage contacts that gave me the chance to use that SIM functionality also. Apparently Fairphone made another choice and doesn’t give this chance to customers.
Developers have their right to make a living out their job as I also made my living working as a developer for many years. Google correctly mark them as having ads so I’m not saying it’s a fraud. Nonetheless, I prefer to have a clean GUI, that’s why I prefer open source, when I can choose. I was probably a bit excessive with Google Play in defining it an ads repository.
Thanks for taking the time to respond, I also wish you all the best.
It’s rather the other way around. @teezeh is right about the normal Android functionality, by default Android only supports importing SIM contacts to the phone.
If you had other functionality on your prior phones without using third party Apps for this, the respective phone vendors went to this or that length to add the functionality themselves and then to maintain it themselves to make sure it was compatible with every OS update they rolled out.
It’s obviously not every vendor’s favourite approach to this.
You might contact Fairphone support to lobby for what you want, perhaps they can say what your chances are to get it.